SEARCY, Ark.(KAIT) – The Harding baseball team is looking to break out of a pack of four teams tied for fourth place in the Gulf South Conference West Division this weekend when it hosts Christian Brothers for a three-game conference series at Jerry Moore Field.
The series opens with a doubleheader Friday at noon and concludes Saturday with a single game at 1 p.m.
Harding is currently 17-17 overall and 3-5 in the GSC West. Ouachita Baptist, Henderson State and Arkansas-Monticello are also 3-5. The top four teams from each division advance to the GSC Tournament in Millington, Tenn., in May.
The Bisons last played Tuesday and picked up a doubleheader sweep of Central Baptist, giving Harding a 14-4 home record this season.
Offensively, Harding is led by junior Jason Nappi, who is hitting .385 and leads the team with five home runs and 29 RBI. Even more impressive are Nappi's numbers when he has a teammate on the bases. With runners on base, the Birmingham native is hitting .537, and with runners in scoring position, he has a .560 batting average.
The Bisons will go with the same rotation on the hill. Senior Troy Keith (1-2, 7.96 ERA) will start game one, with sophomore Kyle Cline (2-4, 7.71) starting game two. Sophomore Hayden Shirley (0-4, 8.13) will get the start on Saturday.
Christian Brothers enters the weekend with a 4-27 overall record and an 0-8 mark in the GSC West. The Bucs have lost 22 straight entering the weekend and are 0-9 on the road this season.
CBU is batting .265 as a team and averaging 4.1 runs per game. Senior Josh Shelton is the Bucs' leading hitter at .358 on the season. Joseph Kaminski, a native of Sherwood, Ark., leads the team with 21 RBI.
The Bucs' pitching staff has a 10.36 ERA. CBU's probable starters on the mound are junior John Romo (0-4, 7.62 ERA), sophomore Jeff Dove (1-4, 9.78) and sophomore Cary Crain (1-4, 10.93).
Live video and statistics of all three games will be available at HardingSports.com.